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Different Seasons

by Stephen King

Signet | March 4, 2014 | Mass Market Paperbound

Different Seasons is rated 4.3125 out of 5 by 16.
From the Magical Pen of Stephen King, Four Mesmerizing Novellas…

“Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”

An unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge…the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award nominee The Shawshank Redemption.

“Apt Pupil”

Todd Bowden is one of the top students in his high school class and a typical American sixteen-year-old—until he becomes obsessed about the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. The inspiration for the film Apt Pupil from Phoenix Pictures.

“The Body”

Four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. The film Stand By Me is based on this novella.

“The Breathing Method”

A disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death.
 

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 512 pages, 6.94 × 4.34 × 1.12 in

Published: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Signet

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451167538

ISBN - 13: 9780451167538

Found in: Horror, Horror
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's First Literary Collection I am (re)reading King's works in chronological order. I read this book when it first came out. Up to this point in his career he had proven he was a master of genre fiction, even including the Bachman books which though not horror are still various genres. Here King now turns his hand to straight fiction with four novellas within this collection, bringing some of his finest work to date and proving that he can write pure fiction, even "literature". Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption - This story is the narrative of a lifer at the prison called Shawshank. Shortly after he is incarcerated along comes a new inmate named Andy Dufresne. Andy has a huge impact on our narrator and he tells us Andy's story along with what life is like inside a maximum security prison. A gritty dramatic prison tale that held me fast from beginning to end. (5/5) Apt Pupil - This gets close to what we've come to expect from King. Not a horror story, by any means but a thriller; a psychological thriller. I couldn't quite remember this story at first but it all came rushing back as I started to read. A 14 yob is fascinated with the death camps of the Holocaust and after some detective work finds out a neighbourhood man is an SS Nazi in hiding, blackmails the man into telling him all about the details of what really happened at the camps and the two form a respect/hate relationship that lasts for the rest of their lives until what drew them together pulls them apart with vengeance. A bit hard to read at times (these are sick individuals) but an unputdownable read! (5/5) The Body - I was looking forward to re-reading this one the most as "Stand By Me" is one of my all-time favourite movies that I've seen many times. I know the story impressed me the first time but upon re-reading, I find the movie is too firmly stuck in my mind. The story is, of course, good but it is very long and very retrospective more than having action. We are a party to the narrator's thoughts and this is truly a piece of literary coming of age work. I'm glad to have read it again and feel nostalgic and melancholy afterwards but, as Ive said, the movie remains foremost in my mind. I could not help but picture the actors, especially Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Feldman. Feldman's character Teddy is quite different in the story and it was hard for me to reconcile the two. Vern, Jerry O'Connell's character, is completely re-written so him I didn't picture plus he is the least dominant character in the story, whereas he has an equal role in the movie. This story has tie-ins to the Stephen King universe with Sheriff Bannerman being mentioned a couple of times, only since this takes place in the fifties he is only a Constable at this point and Shawshank prison (from the first story in this book) is now part of canon, being mentioned twice. (5/5) The Breathing Method - This is the only story from this collection that I didn't remember at first and the re-read didn't bring it back to mind either. So it felt new to me. This is a tale of the macabre and the closest to what we would expect from King, in this collection. It is also the weakest, in my opinion. It's firstly, a story of a men's club where they gather and tells stories, sometimes scary but not always, though Christmas is always an unusual or weird tale. There is something unsettling about this club and our narrator at times tries to discover what it is but never has the nerve to fully go all the way, realizing, as we do, that he is better off not knowing the club, the host and the house's secrets. Secondly, the story narrates a tale one icy, stormy Christmas of a young pregnant woman who dies in an horrific accident on the day she goes into labour. I actually found this boring at times, way too much time was spent on describing "The Breathing Method" otherwise known as Lamaze that it felt scholarly. My least favourite story in the book. (3/5)
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What an Ending - Curiosity Gone Horribly Wrong What an ending. Throughout the course of the book I never once asked myself, “What is the purpose of this book?” I often mentally screamed at the author, “Why are you doing this to me?!”, but never what the purpose was. It was too brisk. I think Steven King had a lot of fun writing this book. I think he had a lot of fun creating an All American kid with good grades and athleticism, and guiding him gently, almost lovingly towards the homicidal breaking point. King takes everything that made Todd Bowden the perfect American teenager in the early summer of his life and twists it. Everything that would make any teen proud and put him on the path to successful adulthood is rendered impotent by a curiosity gone horribly wrong. If you like medium to fast paced psycho-drama with a hint of thriller and mystery thrown in then you will like this book. I give Apt Pupil a four out of five star rating.
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favorite! I enjoyed this book so much I have re-read it about a thousand times. Stephen King is my favorite author and I have almost all his books and this one is one of my top favorites! Would definitly recommend this book.
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Novellas DIFFERENT SEASONS by Stephen King I walked into this book thinking, wrongly, that it was all horror. Maybe that made the stories a little less entertaining for me, I'm not sure. What I liked about DIFFERENT SEASONS were mainly the characters and the writing style. All the characters seemed to have a life of their own; they were written wonderfully. The attention to detail in each novella made the settings come alive and made it that much more easy for me to sink myself into them. I think I enjoyed how each was written more than what was being written, with the exception of my favorite one. I thought RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION was by far the best of the 4 novellas; the story, characters, and how it was all put together flowed perfectly one scene to the next. For the other novellas I felt myself wishing that things went slightly different, but they were still enjoyable, just not my favorites. These stories weren't quite like anything I usually read so I wasn't exactly bouncing off the walls in excitement, but for those who love that genre, I'm sure they'd be more appreciated. To me, DIFFERENT SEASONS was a new experience, and the novellas were certainly interesting and unique to read. Overall Opinion: B Check out my blog for my full review, including my favorite quotes. http://kaylasbookcase.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2010-09-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I didn't think that movies could be better than the book but it's possible! I have never read anything by Stephen King before, maybe because there was always so much hype about his books that I just avoided them, but now I can see why. All of the stories were well written but I had to push myself through the book. I really didn't enjoy the stories as much as I thought I would but I will say that his books inspire great movies, so I guess that's something to his credit.
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav book of all-time 4 shorts; including source material for the films Stand By Me, Apt Pupil, & The Shawshank Redemption. King takes a break from horror here... it's a fantastic book I always go back to.
Date published: 2008-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great! He's done it again!
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good, but sorta boring too I liked some parts, but overall I hated how long this book was. Some parts really dragged. Like the whole last story. The Breathing Method was total crap. Shawshank was okay at best. Apt Pupil was better, and the Body plain sucked. I give it 3 outta 5
Date published: 2006-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of his best I really enjoyed this book. I think that these books really show you can get a thrill or chill from somethings that aren't all gore and blood. He come in for the longer scare in the back door. The story the shawshank redemption is really quite fascinating and if you've only seen it on screen you should read it in the way it was meant to be.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's Best I have been a King fan for years and have read many of his books, both the good ones and the bads ones. THis book has to be the best he has exer written.
Date published: 2001-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting Stephen King has proved himself to be one of the great contemporary writers with this body of work. A riveting page-turner from the start of Book One to the last page of Book 4, it is no wonder this book has inspired 3 major films. King's brilliant way of twisting and turning plot lines and his unbelievably imaginative ideas are both testaments to his brilliance. He shows the infalablity and evil that reside in some, yet also shows that hope does "spring eternal"
Date published: 2000-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book this book is very good if u like intense stories. Different Seasons is 4 stories in 1 book and each has its own emotion and its a very intense book so i suggest for u to check it out
Date published: 2000-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Year-Round Entertainment Four entirely different short stories make this book up, three of which were made into great movies. 'Rita..& Shawshank' was every bit as great in the book as people rave the movie is. I would by this book on the strength of this short story alone! But there's more. Interviews I have heard with King have informed me that most of 'The Body' (Stand By Me) was based on his own childhood experiences, and fine ones they were. Once again King writes about children trying to survive the horrors of an adult world in the 50's and 60's. Another great tale! 'Apt Pupil' was a so-so story that starts off with true genuine suspense, but then trails off into a series of events that aren't quite explained and don't make sense. 'The Breathing Method' wasn't very good, but who cares? It's the shortest of all the stories, and hardly the attention grabber here. 'Shawshank' and 'The Body' are the two excellent stories that I strongly reccomend you read. 'Apt Pupil' is pretty good, and of course, a must for fans of the movie. I didn't even finish 'The Breathing Method'.
Date published: 2000-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece If you have seen and enjoyed the three movies The Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil and Stand By Me then this book is for you. Three of the four novellas are those movies (Rita Hayworth & The Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil and The Body)and every one of the novellas is BETTER than the movies, which themselves are excellent. The fourt story The Breathing Method was a bit of a dissapointment after the first three but it wasnt enough to bring the book down. A must read.
Date published: 1999-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous!! This book was great, absolutely one of his best. The stories were each magnificent, usually you only like a couple storys in a novella book but I found I loved all of them!
Date published: 1999-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of King's Very Best An excellent collection in which Stephen King truly shows what he's made of. "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" is a stirring testament to a man's hope, although somehow not as moving as the film. "The Body", one of the finest novellas I've ever read, is better than the movie ("Stand By Me") and could be one of King's most personal works. "Apt Pupil", also better than the film, is a terrifying portrait of homicidal mania. And the very Lovecraft-ian "Breathing Method" is just plain creepy. A fine sampling of stories from a master storyteller.
Date published: 1999-05-31

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Different Seasons

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 512 pages, 6.94 × 4.34 × 1.12 in

Published: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Signet

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451167538

ISBN - 13: 9780451167538

From the Publisher

From the Magical Pen of Stephen King, Four Mesmerizing Novellas…

“Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”

An unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge…the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award nominee The Shawshank Redemption.

“Apt Pupil”

Todd Bowden is one of the top students in his high school class and a typical American sixteen-year-old—until he becomes obsessed about the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. The inspiration for the film Apt Pupil from Phoenix Pictures.

“The Body”

Four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. The film Stand By Me is based on this novella.

“The Breathing Method”

A disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death.
 

About the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

From Our Editors

For fans of horror fiction, and particularly the tales of master creepster Stephen King, it doesn't get any better than Different Seasons. This volume collects four of the best-selling author's most unforgettable short works - most of which have been turned into popular Hollywood films - including Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Breathing Method and The Body. Masterfully crafted, these eerie tales will keep you reading well into the night.

Editorial Reviews

“To find the secret of his success, you have to compare King to Twain and Poe—  King’s stories tap the roots of myth buried in all our minds.”—Los Angeles Times

“Buy Different Seasons. I promise you’ll enjoy it….He creates people who are so alive, you can almost sense them.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make King the consummate storyteller that he is.”—Houston Chronicle

“Hypnotic.”—The New York Times Book Review

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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